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>> thank you for joining us. we'll see you back at 6:00. welcome to "world news." tonight, the gunman at l.a.x. we learn more about the suspect tonight. heading to that security checkpoint more than once. as a new image of him now emerges. and the concerns from his family, what his dad reportedly said when he called police right after the shooting. trapped. the families in their cars on this bridge in one american city, forced to flee their cars as the giant waves were crashing before them. the collision in midair over the heartland. two planes, 11 people on board. and stunningly, everyone survived. passengers parachuting to safety. and the fixer. she comes to the rescue on her tv show "scandal." actress kerry washington suddenly a fixer some place else. the controversy she tackled head on overnight. >> i ran here all the way from chicago!
good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a sunday night. and we do begin with new details of that deadly encounter at the los angeles airport. a gunman killing a tsa officer, injuring several others. and this evening, that new picture of the suspect now emerging. paul ciancia seen right here in his high school photo. a schoolmate now saying he was a loaner in class. and new information about the family man he's alleged to have targeted and killed. tsa agent gerardo hernandez. his heartbroken wife saying he was proud to work for the tsa. and in tribute tonight, lights in tsa blue as you approach l.a.x. airport. meanwhile, inside the term terminals, remnants of the chaos. the mountains of luggage left behind by passengers ordered to flee as the shots rang out. our coverage tonight begins with abc's david wright at l.a.x., where he's been since the start. >> go, go, go! >> reporter: moments before all this, paul ciancia arrived at l.a.x. like a passenger, dropped off by someone driving a black
hyundai. the criminal complaint filed saturday in federal court describes a cold-blooded attack. it says video surveillance showed ciancia walking up to the tsa checkpoint in terminal three, pulling a smith and wesson assault rifle out of his bag and firing multiple shots at point blank range at a tsa officer. then, it says, as he proceeded up the escalator, he looked back at the wounded officer, who in video appeared to move, and returned to shoot the officer again, killing him. the fbi says ciancia gunned down two more tsa officers as he shot his way through the terminal. >> he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> reporter: the fbi says his bag contained five magazines full of ammo, along with a handwritten letter signed by ciancia, addressing the tsa directly, saying he hoped, quote, to instill fear on your traitorous minds. the widow of gerardo hernandez,
the father of two in the line of fire, read a brief statement to reporters outside their home. >> i am truly devastated. we are all heartbroken and we miss him dearly. >> reporter: today, those iconic pillars of light, the symbols of l.a.x., are lit tsa blue in his honor. today, things are back to normal here in terminal three. ciancia is in a hospital bed, just a few miles away, said to be unresponsive after a gunshot wound to the head. if he ever does regain consciousness, he'll now be facing criminal charges that could carry the death penalty. david? >> david wright leading us off again tonight. david, thank you. and now more on that mysterious suspect, paul ciancia. fellow students and roommates are now speaking out, and so is the police chief who took that call from the suspect's family shortly after the shootings. here's abc's gio benitez on that tonight. >> reporter: tonight, that burning question -- why would a 23-year-old, who was once a french horn player in the school band, allegedly go on a shooting rampage at l.a.x.?
clues may lie in his past. paul ciancia graduated from this small private delaware high school in 2008. former classmates call him an introvert, a loner. >> he was like a shy guy. he always kept to himself. was always walking around by himself. didn't really talk to anybody at all. >> reporter: other classmates have said ciancia was bullied, his life was a secret. >> everybody in our senior class talked. there were a few people that kept to themselves and he was definitely one of them. >> reporter: a family friend tells "the l.a. times" ciancia's mother died in 2009, after years battling multiple sclerosis. her death, the friend says, was tough on the kids. ciancia ended up moving to los angeles, living in this apartment complex. his roommate says he's shocked. >> i mean, i didn't have any issues with him or anything. he was a really nice guy, a bit loner, introverted, but nothing that i would ever, ever expect him to do something like this. >> reporter: ciancia was reportedly an unemployed
motorcycle mechanic and moved out of the apartment in february. >> he said he was going back to jersey, going to work for his dad and making amends with family problems, whatever, you know, and spending the holidays with his family. >> reporter: tonight, a new jersey police chief tells abc news ciancia's father called him, just as journalists learned of his son's alleged role. >> he called me and said, a.j., is this my son i'm seeing on tv? at the shooting at the airport? and i said, paul, i don't know. i just heard from a reporter. >> reporter: and at the scene of that shooting, police say ciancia left behind a note, showing he was ready to die in that shootout. investigators say ciancia sent his brother a text message before the shooting, talking about possible suicide, david. >> as is so often the case now, everyone turning to the warning signs. gio, thank you. there will be complete coverage of the shooting at l.a.x. on "good morning america" first thi thing in the morning. in the meantime tonight, we move onto the northwest now and to seattle where powerful winds plunged hundreds of thousands of families into the dark. and those winds always
also triggering dangerous waves. that combination caused a frightening drama to play out there on one highway bridge for so many families. and here tonight, abc meteorologist ginger zee. >> reporter: chaos on a seattle highway. ferocious waves and wind transforming the 520 bridge into a violent tight rope. dozens of drivers taking a risk and abandoning their cars, running for safety as that four-lane highway swayed five feet back and forth. >> we saw a light pole disappear and come back up. so, the bridge obviously had a lot of sway to it. >> reporter: on gray's harbor, the waves threatening to swallow this dock. winds gusting from 40 to 60 miles per hour sent trees into cars, homes, over roads and this hefty branch puncturing a child's bedroom. the wind shredding power lines, leaving nearly 200,000 in the dark. >> what a storm. everybody on that bridge, though, okay. and ginger is with us now. you're watching several things
that are troubling for the week ahead. >> right. and the first would be winter-like conditions. getting darker earlier in a lot of places and i've got numbers you might not want to see, david. let me show you how cold it's going to be for much of the east. flint, michigan, 29. pittsburgh, pennsylvania, 26. throughout the day, going to warm up. indianapolis going to get closer to 60 as mild air pulls in. but it is another storm and that would be now tropical storm sonia that will kind of die out, but the moisture from that going to meet up with that center storm. we're going to have a setup similar to last week, remember the austin flooding? david, look at this. the rain, the wind, the thunderstorms, the snow on the back side start to add up. two to three inches from dallas to tulsa. >> here we go again. >> yeah. >> ginger zee tonight, thanks. there's one other fierce storm to report on tonight. this one outside another major city, montreal. and a strange fire ball that traveled across power lines in what was a quiet residential neighborhood. one man heard the noise and then captured it on his home video. here tonight, abc's susan saulny with the images.
>> reporter: it started as an ominous crackling in the distance and flashes of light. after a day of powerful storms around montreal, hugh griffiths checked outside his house -- and saw this. a fire ball blazing across power lines, just overhead. fueled by an electrical surge, strengthening and exploding. >> what we saw was this fire ball barrelling down the power lines and emanating an extreme amount of heat that essentially forced us back inside, because it was so, so, so hot. >> reporter: look again as the surge zips dangerously close. griffiths consumed with worry about his two children sleeping inside. >> i thought our house was going to explode. >> reporter: there's been no official explanation of what triggered the fire ball, but some experts speculate lightning started it and that basic safety mechanisms meant to shut it down failed.
susan saulny, abc news, new york. >> susan, thank you. and in the heartland tonight, a group of sky divers back on solid ground after their two small planes collided in midair. 11 people were on board both planes and every one of them survived, parachuting to the ground. abc's rob nelson with their harrowing story tonight. >> reporter: sky dive superior is a company whose website boasts of adrenaline-packed moments in the sky. but a saturday night trip was far more than they bargained for. >> all of a sudden, there's this really weird noise that -- it was kind of just like a boom. >> reporter: two planes carrying nine sky divers and two pilots collided saturday night, 12,000 feet in the air in northwest wisconsin. the trailing plane hit the leading aircraft, creating a fire ball that sheared off the front plane's right wing. that plane was destroyed, splitting into three pieces. amazingly, all nine quick-thinking sky divers were able to parachute to safety. one pilot used an emergency parachute.
>> so, he's got to get his seat belt off, out the door and deploy the parachute. >> reporter: the other was forced to make an emergency landing back at the airport. that pilot was the only one injured. instructor mike robinson knowing a far worse tragedy was just narrowly avoided. >> very, very lucky. any time two planes collide in the air, i mean, it's -- it's potential disaster. for everybody involved. so, we were all very, very lucky. >> reporter: now, the faa has launched an investigation into the cause of the accident. but the instructor we talked to for the story believes an unstable air mass created by one of those planes is what could have sparked that collision. >> everyone survived, the incredible thing. >> reporter: very lucky folks. >> rob, thanks. to washington tonight, and to what could be another trying week for this white house and their troubled rollout of the president's health care plan. in fact, a new message on the website. the online application part of the site will be down every night from 1:00 to 5:00 a.m. for maintenance, they say, as troubleshooters work out the bugs.
also tonight, governor mitt romney with a sharp critique of the president, for promising americans they'd be able to keep their insurance. >> and whether you like the model of obama care or not, the fact that the president sold it on a basis that was not true has undermined the foundation of his second material. second term. i think it's rotting it away. >> i want to bring in abc news political director rick klein now. no one wants to relive that campaign of a year ago, but romney went further, saying the president wasn't telling the truth. the irony, the president was just in boston, wasn't he, thinking this would be welcoming territory for this health care plan. >> that's right. that's what makes this a biting critique. it is that context. just a few days ago, president obama went to romney's home state, the very place romney signed his own health care law, to argue that governor romney's plan worked. but romney's making clear, he will not let romney care be used to bail out obama care, whether or not he was the inspiration for it. >> flashbacks. making me sweat all over again. rick klein tonight, thank you. overseas tonight and to cairo now. where secretary of state john kerry is visiting for the first time. it will be a tense week ahead
there. of course, we all remember the image of former president hosni mubarak behind a cage in that courtroom, being tried for allowing protesters in tahrir square to die. well, tomorrow, the next president who followed him, mohamed morsi, slated to be in court, as well. his trial set to begin. abc's alex marquardt in cairo tonight, watching it all. alex? >> reporter: good evening, david. egypt is on edge tonight, bracing for possibly more violence as the trial of mohamed morsi starts in just a few hours. the muslim brotherhood, which morsi belongs to, has called for massive nationwide protests, which in the past have triggered violent clashes with the security forces. morsi hasn't been seen since he was ousted by the military on july 3rd after millions of egyptians poured into the streets, demanding he step down. he's also been held at a secret location. and as the anxiety here rises, secretary of state john kerry visited cairo today to try to smooth over relations which are at their lowest point in decades. the u.s. has suspended hundreds of millions of dollars in aid as the military has cracked down on the population.
more than 1,000 of morsi supporters have been killed in clashes with security forces. the fear tonight is that number may rise as this trial gets under way. david? >> alex marquardt watching there in cairo. thank you. and in munich, germany, tonight, news of a discovery there. a treasure trove of artwork reportedly stolen by the nazis. a german magazine revealing today some 1,500 paintings have been found in this apartment building there including works by picasso and matisse. the estimated worth, nearly $1.5 billion. no word yet on what happens to all that artwork now. back here at home tonight, and to the actress from abc's kwl sc "scandal," kerry washington. her character often jumping into controversy on that show. last night, jumping into controversy on a different show. addressing real headlines. >> you have a state dinner tonight, all of your biggest supporters are going to be here. >> reporter: actress kerry washington from abc's "scandal," showing up as guest host on
"snl." about to play a fixer there, too. >> i hope i'm not interrupting. >> michelle, you're never interrupting. >> good to see you mrs. obama. >> reporter: washington's hosting duties come amid new headlines, asking "snl" why so few black female comedians over the years. just four since it debuted in 1975. aware of the criticism, "snl" diving in with kerry washington playing the first lady until she had to play someone else. >> i'm so sorry to interrupt, but oprah winfrey has arrived for the dinner and she would love to pop in and say hello. >> well, that's wonderful. >> what a nice surprise. >> isn't it? so, don't you think you should go and get changed? >> why? >> so that oprah can come in? >> oh, because of the whole -- >> yes, exactly. >> well -- in that case, i will leave and in a few minutes, oprah will be here. >> reporter: and then, from the producers, this. >> the producers at "saturday night live" would like to apologize to kerry washington for the number of black women she will be asked to play tonight. >> i'm here!
>> you seem a little winded. >> i ran here all the way from chicago! >> reporter: two black male cast members from "snl" have said recently that they will no longer play black women on the show, encouraging a more diverse cast. the producers aware of it. >> ah, mr. president, great news. beyonce's just arrived for dinner, too. >> beyonce. >> don't even. >> kerry washington on "snl" this weekend. and there is still much more ahead on "world news" this sunday night. nearly 50 million people see the show every year, but new questions tonight about its safety. another performer falls at cirque du soleil. what played out in front of stunned onlookers this weekend. and later tonight, the stunning reveal. the world war ii bomb suddenly discovered. a 4,000-pound bomb. thousands sent fleeing for cover. [ male announcer ] a body at rest tends to stay at rest...
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the wheel of death has been removed from the show apparently until espinoza returns. performers have in the past defended the show's safety record. >> we all have huge safety routines we go through. the artists, the riggers, the staff. there are so many safety measures in place. >> reporter: cirque du soleil says safety is a top priority. they plan on adding new safety measures. as for juniors pin sew sa, friends and family say he's doing well. david? >> reena, thank you. when we come back here this evening, the discovery, the 4,000-pound bomb from world war ii. a town searching for cover. and a comeback tonight? is wonder woman about to give two other super heroes a run for theithe same ta lot of do. it's what you love about her. but your erectile dysfunction - that could be a question of blood flow. cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right. you can be more confident in your ability to be ready. and the same cialis is the only daily ed tablet
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finally tonight here, the running of the new york city marathon this sunday. it comes of course after what happened in boston earlier this year. and at the finish line, those 45,000 runners noticing a yellow line of inspiration to guide them. that was in honor of the victims in boston. and two of the runners today, two brothers, wonder twins as we called them a moment ago. both have autism and both have incredible determination, tonight proving they are american strong. here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: today is 23-year-old identical twins alex
and jamie synder's first new york city marathon. >> 5:30 in the morning, so excited. first new york city marathon. >> reporter: they are autistic and unable to communicate. for them, running is a form of therapy. >> this is our number one main activity as a family. everything else kind of comes second to running. >> reporter: alex, who is the fastest and runs with a coach, just set a new personal best. >> alex! 3:14.35. unbelievable! alex, you did it! you did it! >> reporter: for jamie, who runs with his dad, allen, the memory of the boston marathon had made today a struggle. >> there was a lot of crying and screaming and animated people around us and he was traumatized. >> reporter: but robin and allen are determined to help jamie get back to the races that have given him and his brother so much joy. >> they don't live a normal life, so, this is something that
really, i think, connects with them and makes them happy. >> reporter: and just as we came to air, jamie finished the new york marathon. >> woo! jamie! >> reporter: robin and allen say the joy running brings to the entire family has been their greatest blessing. linzie janis, abc news, new york. >> we salute alex and jamie tonight, and the thousands of others who ran today, as well. "good morning america," first thing in the morning and diane right back here for another week of "world news" tomorrow night. from all of us here at abc news, have a great week ahead. we'll see you soon. good night.
next, we'll tell about another gun incident involving the deputy that killed a teen in the north bay. >> a california democrat upset about the obamacare web site tell us us what she would do if she were in charge. abc7 at 6:00 starts now. good evening. i'm amy ama daetz. the family of a teen killed by a sheriff deputy will beilg a lawsuit. today we are learning more about the deputy who killed the teen. cornell bernard talked to man who said he feared for his life when the officer was quick to pull a gun on him as well. he joins us live from santa
rosa. reporter: jeff westbrook says he, too, is mourning the loss of andy lopez. the memorial to him continues to grow. the deputy who shot lopez is the same man who pulled a gun on westbrook during a routine traffic stop. >> at this time i just looked at him point blank at the barrel of a gun. >> he said he and an employee feared for their lives beforing a stopped on highway 101 for make ang unsafe lane change. he says the sheriff's deputy who made the stop seemed agitated when he approached his car. >> i looked to -- i looked back up there was a gun, and he is screaming, turn the vehicle off. at that point i put my hands up and said, sir, the vehicle is off. >> the deputy then told westbrook to get out of the car. >> he asked me if i had any weapons and as i took my hands